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‘Attractive place to work Lok Sabha’; Tharoor with women MPs; Finally sorry


Highlight:

  • Tharoor with explanation
  • Image is viral
  • Criticism that the problem is anti-feminism

New Delhi: Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has taken to Twitter to share a picture of Parliament with women members. Tharoor was cut off from the words that accompanied the film in the tweet. Tharoor apologized after the remark became controversial and many people came forward to question him.

Tharoor’s tweet was on Monday, the first day of the winter session of Parliament. “Who said the Lok Sabha is not an attractive place to work?” Tharoor’s words were. Tharoor added that the picture was taken this morning with six fellow MPs. Tharoor is accompanied by six women members of the Lok Sabha. Tharoor is accompanied by NCP member Supriya Sule from Maharashtra, Congress member Praneeth Kaur, Tamil writer and DMK member Tamilachchi Thankapandian, Trinamool member and actress Mimi Chakraborty, Trinamool member Nusrat Jahan and Congress member Jyoti Mani.

The selfie was taken by Bengali actress Mimi Chakraborty. Apart from Mimi Chakraborty, Supriya Sule has also retweeted Shashi Tharoor’s tweet.

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However, Shashi Tharoor, who took selfies with women MPs and tweeted, has been questioned by many. “Women in the Lok Sabha are not visual objects to beautify your workplace. They are members of Parliament. You are insulting them with anti-feminist stances.” Journalist Vidya Krishnan responded to Tharoor’s tweet. Tharoor’s position was questioned and many others responded. With this, Tharoor apologized for posting the picture and tweeted an explanatory note.

Tharoor tweeted that he had posted the picture for fun and that it was the women MPs who had taken the initiative. “The selfie incident was done for fun. It was initiated by women MPs and they asked me to share it with them on Twitter. Some people are upset that this seems like a problem, but I’m just happy to be in this friendly community in the office.” Tharoor tweeted.

But Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundi tweeted that the tone of his words was the problem, not the purpose of posting the picture, but the fact that beauty is the norm. She also pointed out that this is not a factor that motivates more women to reach out to parliament.

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